Activist, 21, prevented deportation of Afghan asylum seeker from Sweden by refusing to sit down

Activist, 21, prevented deportation of Afghan asylum seeker from Sweden by refusing to sit down

Elin Ersson, a 21-year-old student from Gothenburg University in Sweden, was applauded on social media after her brave actions saved a refugee from deportation.

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When the young activist found out a man was going to be deported, she bought a ticket to the flight he was going to be on to protest his deportation.

Ersson got onto the flight, which would depart from Gothenburg to Turkey, where she live streamed her protest.

Her brave actions were met with some hostility from other passengers and one man got quite aggressive when he spoke to heard.

However, Ersson asked him which was more important, the man's time or someone's life- which led to the man trying to take her phone.

Ersson can be seen crying in the video, but despite her emotions and the backlash from passengers she stood her ground.

“I don’t want a man’s life to be taken away just because you don’t want to miss your flight,” she says. “I am not going to sit down until the person is off the plane," she was heard saying.

Briefly.co.za learned at the end, Ersson won the battle and the Afghan passenger was taken off the plane.

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The video received half a million views on Tuesday, and social media users praised Ersson for her bravery.

Social media user @chargrille wrote, "He saw her stand up for him. Even if no one else has her humanity and integrity to stop the next deportation, he will always have seen this stranger say he was worth saving."

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